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Friday, June 8, 2012

Preview: Sweet & Low by David Baerwalde at the Goat Farm

David Baerwalde at the Goat Farm with Sweet & Low.
  • Image courtesy of the artist: David Baerwalde
  • David Baerwalde at the Goat Farm with Sweet & Low.

David Baerwalde's newest exhibition of work at the Goat Farm, titled Sweet & Low , accesses the materials and found objects readily available around the massive, old Goat Farm complex where his studio is located as well.

The exhibition has drawing and painting elements paired with installations and more conceptual based work.

In the space, bird nests adorn water meters protruding from gallery walls, rusty nails and old scientific beakers are given new life as parts of gallery installations, saw dust and wood scraps scattered throughout the gallery floor remind visitors the labor and process of Baerwalde's work.

Baerwalde, took a break from putting the finishing touches on his show to speak with CL about his new work and process.

What about the Goat Farm makes it an ideal place for an art show such as this?

Well I have had a studio space here since 2009, so it seemed natural to draw from objects around this space and incorporate them back into this work. People have collected things like birds nests from various spaces and given them to me, and stuff like the rusty nails and science beakers I have just found around the complex.

So this area lends itself to the materials and objects you have incorporated?

Yes, I have always liked the kind of feel from worn objects like rusty nails and incorporated that into my work similarly. But I think its also that I have begun to reconsider the way I see things around me. Not just rusty nails because I am worried about popping my tires (a past accident has left Baerwalde in a wheelchair), but curbs, rocks and bumps. I fell and broke my hip out here after my accident, I see obstacles so differently now.

David Baerwalde at the Goat Farm with Sweet & Low.

Where does the name Sweet & Low come from?

Well I have to give credit to Mimi Hart-Silver, she's an oil painter with a studio here and she came up with the name. It's a play on a couple of things, the 'Low' part plays off of me being low to the ground in my wheelchair (laughs). But also my music notes (die-cut wooden music notes tied together with string and thrown onto telephone lines like an old pair of tennis shoes have been installed around the Goat Farm by Baerwalde) mimic the logo for the Sweet & Low artificial sweetener which is a bar of music with notes on it.

What's next for you after the opening, any new projects on the horizon?

I plan on doing more work with my music, I've incorporated a sound element to this show, but I want to work more with that in the future.

Sweet & Low, David Baerwalde at The Goat Farm Arts Center, 7-10 p.m. tonight, through June.

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